Sign up for Paypal in the Philippines!. You can withdraw an amount not exceeding $500 per month to any debit, credit card or directly into your Philippine bank accounts. You will just need the bank codes and savings account number.
At long last, Paypal’s promise to allow receiving funds into Philippine accounts have been fulfilled. Just today, reports have been circulating in the previous post here about the development.
I did a money transfer from an old and verified Premier account into my new Philippine Paypal account and it works. From the Paypal Help Pages, the Philippine flag is now displayed under “Send. Receive. Withdraw to a U.S. Bank Account or a card.” along with 22 other countries.
The new status allows for: Send and receive payments in these countries. Withdraw from your PayPal account to a U.S. bank account. In addition, withdraw to a credit, debit, or prepaid card in countries marked with a (). No withdrawals from local banks still though. And no cheques too.
I believe this development will further push activity in eBay Philippines as well as enable eBay users to get more secure transactions. The question whether eBay PH will start charging monthly subscriptions is yet to be seen but I suppose that time might have already matured.
It would be very interesting to see how this new development will affect the local e-commerce industry as well as Filipino’s socio-cultural fear of transacting online. I’m sure SMEs will be very happy with this though. Paypal only started allowing Philippine-based accounts about 11 and a half months ago and reports of a rumored full Paypal support were spreading 9 months ago.
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